The Resistance of Memory V5 (Thyme For Change) 2014
Daylesford Town Hall; Hepburn Laneway Public Sculpture Commission 2015
Let Them Eat Cake Festival; Werribee Mansion 2015
Reclaimed timber, steel, irrigation, solar lighting, native and eatable herbs.
375 x 250 x 150 x 135 cm
The Resistance of Memory concept makes links though art and time as a modern parody of
the war time artworks of the surrealist Savador Dali’s, ‘The Persistence of Memory’, which portrays melting clocks within a dream-scape. Memory and time are referenced in the clock symbology, a subtle reminder of time both past and future, but perhaps most poignantly the now.
The distorted scale of the main sculpture is intended to engage with a public/festival audience as an overgrown, over-sized, assemblage sculpture that takes the form of a ‘patchwork’ grandfather clock. The sculpture invites exploration through the use of strategically placed drawers, filled with plants and objects. Symbolically, the use of drawers aims to connect with ideas of secrets, fossicking and discovery.
The content of the sculptural drawers is derived from historic research of the Hepburn and goldfields region. Each drawer, or cluster of drawers, aims to explore a different narrative through use of plants and objects to create a compositional snapshot of important stories, events and people of the region.
Constructed from reclaimed industrial timber waste and remnants of discarded antique furniture the project’s aesthetic references waste, repair, recycling and frugality, reflecting the resourcefulness of the local community through time. The imposing grandfather-clock structure alludes to notions of time, past present and future. The structure maintains a human scale through use of drawers filled with organic and man-made contents that directly reference iconic objects and the natural environment of the goldfields region.